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Aug 13, 2013
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Pope Francis has divided loyalties in Italy-Argentina soccer match

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(Pope Francis (R) is greeted by Inter Milan captain Javier Zanetti during their private audience in Vatican April 25, 2013. Picture taken April 25, 2013. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)

Pope Francis told the Italian and Argentine football teams on Tuesday that he could not decide who to back in their friendly match on Wednesday, but he urged them to set a good example in their behaviour on and off the field.

Aug 6, 2013

Growth data offers Italy hope, but political crisis rumbles

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s economy shrank less than expected in the second quarter, adding to signs its longest post-war recession is bottoming out, but a simmering political crisis could yet derail the tentative recovery.

Gross domestic product marked its eighth straight quarter of contraction, dropping 0.2 percent on the quarter and 2.0 percent an annual basis, national statistics bureau ISTAT said on Tuesday.

Aug 6, 2013

Italy recession drags on but GDP falls less than expected

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s economy shrank by less than expected in the second quarter, adding to recent signs its longest post-war recession is bottoming out but still marking the eighth consecutive quarter of contraction.

Gross domestic product fell 0.2 percent following a 0.6 contraction in the first three months, and dropped 2.0 percent on an annual basis, national statistics bureau ISTAT reported on Tuesday.

Jul 4, 2013

IMF calls for faster Italy reform, urges more ECB action

ROME, July 4 (Reuters) – Italy’s recession-bound economy
should begin to recover from the end of this year but its growth
outlook remains weak and Enrico Letta’s government must
accelerate its reform efforts, the International Monetary Fund
said on Thursday.

At the end of annual consultations with Italy, the IMF said
the euro zone’s third largest economy would contract by 1.8
percent this year, worse than its previous projection of a 1.5
percent fall in output.

Jun 23, 2013

Berlusconi faces verdict in underage sex trial

ROME (Reuters) – A Milan court will decide on Monday whether Silvio Berlusconi paid for sex with an underage prostitute and abused his powers to cover it up, with the former Italian prime minister facing a jail sentence of up to six years.

The verdict, which could have major political repercussions, closes a two-year trial which has captivated attention on billionaire Berlusconi’s alleged “bunga bunga” sex parties in his private villa outside Milan while he was premier in 2010.

Jun 23, 2013

Italy’s Berlusconi faces verdict in underage sex trial

ROME (Reuters) – A Milan court will decide on Monday whether Silvio Berlusconi paid for sex with an underage prostitute and abused his powers to cover it up, with the former Italian prime minister facing a jail sentence of up to six years.

The verdict, which could have major political repercussions, closes a two-year trial which has captivated attention on billionaire Berlusconi’s alleged “bunga bunga” sex parties in his private villa outside Milan while he was premier in 2010.

Jun 21, 2013

Italy should reverse parts of Monti’s labour reform – OECD

ROME (Reuters) – Italy should repeal parts of the labour reform adopted last year by former prime minister Mario Monti and make it easier to hire young workers on temporary contracts, the OECD’s chief economist told Reuters in an interview on Friday.

Prime Minister Enrico Letta plans to present a package of measures next week aimed at tackling record joblessness of more than 40 percent among young people.

Jun 18, 2013

Racing up Europe’s highest volcano in the Etna Supermarathon

ROME (Reuters) – It’s a hot, sunny day in June on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Sicily, but the problem is that I’m not on the beach, I’m running up a volcano.

An even bigger problem is that I’ve been going for two hours, but I’m only half way to the top and I’m tired.

Jun 13, 2013

Italy sees no more fiscal tightening despite deficit problems

ROME (Reuters) – A deeper-than-expected recession is hurting Italy’s public finances but it can still keep the budget deficit below 3 percent of output without more fiscal tightening, Economy Minister Fabrizio Saccomanni said on Thursday.

Saccomanni, a former Bank of Italy official, said in parliament that the economic slump was weighing on tax revenues and in particular sales tax, as consumer spending slumps.

Jun 13, 2013

Italy vows to keep deficit below 3 percent as doubts grow

ROME (Reuters) – Italy will “absolutely” meet its pledge to the European Union to keep its budget deficit below 3 percent of output this year, Economy Minister Fabrizio Saccomanni said on Thursday, as concerns mounted of a probable overshoot.

Italy is targeting the deficit at 2.9 percent of gross domestic product, just a notch under the EU ceiling, but the economy is widely expected to contract by more than the 1.3 percent decline forecast by the government.